April is National Poetry Month, for no reason I can discern except that this glorious weather seems a perfect inspiration for writing poems. The Academy of American Poets site has everything you’d ever want to know about the celebration, but I’m going to share a couple of additional resources because we’re almost all parents and/or LGBT people around here.
First, writer Lee Wind is sharing seven days of poems by LGBTQQ teens. Here are the first, second, and third installments, as well as his introductory post, in which he lists a whole bunch of other poetry sites and activities across the kidlitosphere. (And if you don’t know his blog, I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell Do I Read? already, you should. It’s one of the best sources of reviews and information about LGBTQQ teen literature.)
Second, Robin Reagler, of the erstwhile blog The OTHER Mother, has organized A Poem a Day through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program that she runs in Houston. The poems are not LGBT specific, but are all from K-12 students in the WITS program—and pretty amazing stuff. (I’m not going to link to each individual one here; go to the WITS homepage and you’ll see them, or sign up to receive them by e-mail.)
What are your favorite poems for kids?